Category Archives: Travel

Why the Atomic Bombing Still Matters 70 Years Later

This weapon is to be used against Japan between now and August 10th. I have told the Sec. of War, Mr. Stimson, to use it so that military objectives and soldiers and sailors are the target and not women and … Continue reading

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Going To School In Japan

Hello, My wife and kids have been in Japan for the past few weeks visiting relatives, and we decided to enroll our daughter (a.k.a. “Princess”) into the local elementary school for a week. We were unsure whether she would fit … Continue reading

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Lafcadio Hearn’s “Kaidan” in 3 Minutes

Hello, Obon season is coming again in Japan, and this is a good time for ghost stories. Unlike the US, where Halloween and October are a popular time for ghost-stories, such stories are popular around late summer In Japan because … Continue reading

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The Women’s World Cup and “Ugly Americans”

Earlier this evening, I was watching the Women’s World Cup finals, and was both proud and disappointed with the game. Proud because the Americans won the finals for the first time since 1999 (good for them!), disappointed because I also … Continue reading

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On Mosquitoes

“Aedes aegypti” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net) Facebook Youtube – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons. It’s summer, and as you know, mosquitoes become a big nuisance. A couple years ago, I was in Japan during the … Continue reading

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Dog Days of Summer, in Korea and Japan

Summers in Japan and Korea are hot. I grew up in the Seattle-area my whole life and summers here are usually warm, mild and not very humid. My first time in Japan during summer was a shock. Other than my … Continue reading

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A Look at the Takada Branch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Hi all, As readers might remember, I’ve been watching the Japanese DVD series hyakuji junrei (百寺巡礼 “100 temple pilgrimage”). One of the temples was called Senjuji (専修寺). Their official website is here. Senjuji is the head of the Takada-ha branch … Continue reading

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